Classic film noir adapted from James M. Cain’s novel, details the relationship of a woman in a marriage of convenience and the aimless drifter she’s attracted to. Serpentine plot is riveting from start to finish, mostly due to the chemistry generated between Lana Turner and John Garfield. One might quibble over their first kiss which happens so abruptly it’s actually humorous. However, their mostly smoldering attraction and dialogue is the very definition of sexual tension. The film is a stunning reminder that an erotic thriller is often more potent for what it doesn’t show.